Basketball legend Kobe Bryant has died after the helicopter he was in crashed on a hillside in the Calabasas area on Sunday morning, according to the Los Angeles Times.
There was a helicopter crash with reported fatalities in Calabasas this morning, but the victims have not yet been publicly identified. https://t.co/00fsNod0j5
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) January 26, 2020
The 41-year-old, who entered the NBA immediately upon his graduation from high school in 1996, became one of the youngest players in the league’s history.
Kobe, who retired as the NBA’s third all-time leading scorer with 33,643 points, was expected to be inducted to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this summer.
He was one of five occupants who lost their life in the fiery incident. TMZ first reported the helicopter crash. UPDATE: It has been confirmed that Kobe Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna was one of the passengers on board who died.
Sources: Kobe Bryant was on his way to a travel basketball game with his daughter Gianna when the helicopter crashed. Those aboard the helicopter also included another player and parent.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 26, 2020